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Foley casts craggy Malloy in unflattering light in latest TV ad


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy wasn’t ready for this closeup.

The Democratic incumbent is shown as craggy and haggard in a 30-second television ad released by Republican opponent Tom Foley, a stark contrast from the neatly-coiffed, size 32 blue jeans-wearing persona of the fitness-oriented politician.

Titled “Hurting,” the ad zooms in on Malloy’s face while a narrator rails against the first-term governor.

“Dan Malloy’s desperate,” the narrator tells viewers. “That’s why he’s falsely attacking Tom Foley. It’s sad Malloy can’t defend his policies that have failed so miserably, and Connecticut’s hurting. The largest tax increase in state history. Our economy struggles. Jobs are hard to come by. Companies are leaving. We need a governor focused on our future.”

Malloy’s senior campaign adviser Mark Bergman slammed Foley’s ad in a statement.

“Tom Foley will do whatever he can to run away from his record of destroying jobs, bankrupting companies and insulting Connecticut workers who are about to lose their jobs,” Bergman said. “So he’s trying to distort the progress Connecticut has made over the last four years to avoid talking about the damage he would inflict on our state in the next four. He’s hiding his backward agenda and Connecticut won’t stand for it come November 4th.

“Here’s the truth. Under Gov. Malloy, our private sector is growing jobs at its fastest rate since the late 1990s. The unemployment rate is at a five-year low. Graduation rates are up, our students are leading the nation, 147,000 people who didn’t have health insurance when Gov. Malloy took over now have it, crime rates are have dropped significantly, the budget is balanced, and hundreds of millions of dollars have been put in the Rainy Day Fund. As the Governor says all the time, we’re making progress. As he also says, he’s not satisfied, and there’s more work to do.”

The ad evokes memories of the first televised debate of the 1960 presidential campaign between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon, who was recovering from knee surgery and appeared gaunt and sweaty next to the tanned and youthful Massachusetts senator. Kennedy went on to win the presidency.

Categories: General
Neil Vigdor

12 Responses

  1. Bob Gettinger says:

    Since Mike Bloomberg can’t buy his way into a 4th term as mayor (and a crappy one at that!), he’s wasting millions on TV ads pro-Malloy/ anti-Foley! Vote for Dan Malloy, the political puppet of Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg!

  2. Jack Rielly says:

    this from ROAD RAGE Foley……………………. what a HOOOOOOOOT !!!!

  3. Idiocracy says:

    The liberals in CT need to stop bragging about how our students are doing. The US ranks 17th in the world on education and that’s a disgrace. I have noticed something amazing since Obama got in. These people are so good at lifting their heads up, staring at the camera and just plain lying. Reading Obama’s book gives some insight to how he honed these skills. Some are definitely genetic though.

  4. WF says:

    147,000 now have insurance, and not one of them have used it–

  5. Poor Richard says:

    Malloy’s senior campaign adviser Mark Bergman said…..

    We’ve already learned that if lips in Mr. Malloy’s campaign are moving the overwhelming odds are that they’re lying.

  6. Weekender says:

    The budget surplus is real. The money in the rainy day fund is some of the the hundreds of millions of dollars in surplus that Malloy has generated over each and all of his four years in office. More jobs are being created on a monthly basis during Malloy’s four years than were created during Rowland or Rell, when the economy was in far better shape.

    Unlike Foley, Malloy is all about the challenges, the issues, the substance, and details. Foley can waste money trying to make Malloy look bad, but when they stand side-by-side, people will see Malloy as the Kennedy-esque figure, and Foley as the Nixonian one – and the analogy is more than skin deep.

  7. Ron Peterson says:

    Where is this budget surplus? and borrowing money to put into a “Rainy Day Fund” is NOT good financial policy. And of course when people just stop looking for jobs, the unemployment numbers go down. So It sounds like Foley is just Malloy ver 2.0.

  8. Palin Smith says:

    Foley and Malloy are so close on the issues that it’s down to Foley making the issue personal appearance. The voters deserve better Tom.

  9. Palin Smith says:

    If it’s all about appearance, Foley and Malloy will lose to Visconti. And Visconti also dominates the issues. Excitement in the campaign? Another Visconti win. This video shows it best. http://youtu.be/vkrMNYLJblU

  10. Gregory Lodato says:

    This is just a cheap Photoshop trick.

    Both should focus on the issues, rather than distorting each others’ characters and images, and give us voters the healthy debate that we deserve.

  11. Attorney Lionel Hutz says:

    Is this news or paid programming?

  12. JET says:

    Go to it Foley…don’t let Malloy get away with all the hogwash…hope you defeat him.